First Griffin 16 win for Sorsby in dramatic final
ANDREW Sorsby claimed his first Griffin 16 victory as he beat Ray Whitwam in a dramatic final.
Sorsby, who had overcome Howard Jones 21-11 in the first round and Mick Higgins 21-13 in the second, raced into a 9-0 lead in the final.
Whitwam, who has won several times at the Griffin, got on the board, but Sorsby’s lead soon turned into 13-3. His first victory was looking inevitable.
But Whitwam wasn’t finished as he showed his experience on the green.
As the light faded, his leading was on point and he found himself back in the game at 16-15 down and, in no time at all, looked the favourite as he took the lead 18-17.
But Sorsby hit straight back and played three fantastic ends to get over the line and pick up the £70 first prize and first victory on the Griffin.
There were some notable wins from the first round including Craig Gant beating sponsor Mick Pollard to three. Terry Brook, playing off minus one due to his Griffin 16 win a couple of weeks ago, edged past Nicky White 21-19.
In a preview of what was to come, Whitwam came from 20-17 down to beat Robert Mudd, then Ronnie Wormald, who carried a bucket of water around with him to clean his slippery bowls after each end, managed a 21 break after winning the toss to run out 21-0 winner against George Fellows.
In the second round, Duncan Reeves played consistently well over distance to put out Craig Gant to 15. Whitwam once again dug himself out of a hole, this time getting home from 20-18 down against Mark Wood. Brook put an end to Wormald’s run with a tightlycontested 21-18 win.
At the semi-final stage Sorsby and Reeves lay 15 across, while Whitwam and Brook were level at 11s. From there, though, Sorsby strung four good ends together to get past Reeves 21-15 and reach his first final at the Griffin. Whitwam also had a good run, taking him to 18-11 against the in-form Brook, before getting over the line 21-16.